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Christmas Brunch: Menu Ideas

Here are my thoughts on how to put together a delicious and easy holiday brunch. Most of these recipes can be made in advance, which means that your morning preparations are simple. I hope you find some recipes here that you'd like to try. If you make any of these dishes, please let me know how they turned out for you: Colleen@thecookbookcritic.com

I'll be testing several more recipes from The Big Book of Breakfast over the coming week. If any of the dishes pass muster, I'll add them to this list.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

I've listed links to several recipes on the site which are perfect for brunch. Make sure you have a main course, such as quiche or strata, some sweet breads or cake, and some fruit; then you can embellish your menu as much as you'd like.

Beverages
Orange, grapefruit, or cranberry juice
Champagne or Champagne Cocktails, Wine Punch, Mimosas, and/or Bloody Marys
Coffee and tea

Try spiced coffee, for something festive: Put 1 or 2 broken cinnamon sticks, or 3 or 4 bruised cardamom pods, in the basket with the coffee grounds when you brew the coffee.

Egg Dishes
Holiday Strata
Bacon and Green Chili Quiche
Strata with Potatoes, Rosemary, and Fontina
Strata with Spinach and Gruyère
Chile Egg Puff

Sweet Breads, Cakes, and French Toast
Sticky Bun French Toast
Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Caramel Fig Loaf
Cranberry Poppy Seed Loaf
Eggnog Quick Bread
Pumpkin Spice Bread
Bacardi Rum Cake
Caramelized Apple-Granola Timbales
Baked Apple Pouches with Cinnamon and Raisins
Coffee Crumb Cake

Fresh Fruit and Fruit Compotes
Fresh Fruit with Lime Syrup
Fresh Fruit with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
Warm Cherry, Orange, and Cranberry Compote
Breakfast Dried-Fruit Soup
Fruit Compote in Darjeeling Tea and Sauternes

Other Ideas
Sliced ham and turkey
Sliced cheddar, Jack, and Muenster cheeses
A platter of bacon and/or sausage
Hot chocolate
Eggnog
Purchased pastries, such as croissants (day-old croissants hold up quite well and can be warmed slightly in a low oven before setting them on the table)
Bagels, lox, and cream cheese
A platter of Christmas cookies

Have a wonderful holiday!

 

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